Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
Congratulations on motherhood! In that respect, I assume and suspect that you are delighted. However, it appears that the pregnancy and birth has also re-ignited some old fears associated with your anorexic history. Although your weigh to height ratio reflects a Body Mass Index that would calculate you to be a little overweight, it is irrelevant, given that you are a new mom and carrying pregnancy weight. You really need to be patient and focus on nourishing yourself with a healthy and moderated intake for both your own and your baby’s sake. Yes, I understand that you are anxious to lose weight, but for now you need to remain focussed on nourishing yourself well and making sure that your baby is receiving good nourishment from a healthy and happy mother. Although I cannot demand you to not be anxious, I would suggest that you speak to both your gynaecologist and a registered dietician (especially one who might specialise in pregnancy and postnatal nutrition) and follow some medical advice to assure that you remain healthy and only lose your pregnancy weight in a sensible fashion. This is particularly important in light of your anorexic history. It might also be very valuable for you to visit a therapist for a while and reflect on some of the difficulties that you are expecting now and look back n the time when you were suffering from your eating disorder. Are you also attending any parent groups, as it might be very helpful for you to be discussing your issues with other young mothers who are in a similar situation to yours? Catherine, it is very understandable that your old eating disorder thoughts have “returned”, as any major life events (I think becoming a mother qualifies) tend to “awaken the monsters of old”. Do not panic. I suggest your mobilize your support system and talk about your feelings and fears. In all likelihood, with time your body will return to a resting place, even if it is not exactly where it was before. The bottom line, however, is that you will only create misery for yourself (and your child and family) if you remain at war with your body, and not accept your body’s natural shape and weight. By following a sensible diet and exercise plan, you will be making an excellent investment in yours and your family’s well-being. Does this make sense? Enjoy your baby, despite the sleep deprivation!
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